Seibu Lions vs Nippon Ham Fighters @ Obihiro Stadium - 13:00
Attendance: 17164 | Nippon Ham leads series, 9-8-0 | Time: 4:02
Potential Starters: Kazuyuki Hoashi (SEI) 8-7, 3.54 - Tomoya Yagi (HAM) 1-3, 5.97
Hitting (LOB: 11, DPs in: 4th)
|(2B)||Kataoka, Yasuyuki||0-for-5||1: f2, 2: G4, 3: F8, 6: G3, 8: SO|
|(3B)||Hirao, Hiroshi||3-for-4, 1 R||1: 1B, 3: 1B, 4: 1B (CS), 6: F6|
|PH||Ishii, Yoshihito||0-for-0||8: BB|
|(CF)||Kuriyama, Takumi||1-for-5, 1 R||1: F7, 3: 2B, 4: SO, 6: G4, 8: G3|
|(SS)||Nakajima, Hiroyuki||2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI||1: BB, 3: 3B, 4: 1B, 7: f9, 9: E6|
|(1B)||Fernandez, Jose||0-for-2, 1 RBI||1: G4, 3: S9, 4: F8, 7: BB, 9: BB|
|(DH)||Brown, Dee||2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI||2: F5, 3: HR, 5: 1B, 7: F3, 9: SO|
|(RF)||Takayama, Hisashi||0-for-5||2: SO, 3: G5, 5: SO, 7: F8, 9: F7|
|(LF)||Sato, Tomoaki||4-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI||2: 1B, 3: 1B, 5: F8, 8: 1B, 9: 2B|
|(C)||Hosokawa, Toru||2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI||2: HR, 3: 1B, 5: F4, 8: S3|
|PH-C||Uemoto, Tatsuyuki||0-for-1||9: SO|
|Hoashi, Kazuyuki||5 1/3||102||24||22||7||0||3||1||1||0||0||0||4||4||3.682|
|Okamoto, Atsushi, H||2/3||8||3||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||3.600|
|Osada, Shuichiro, W||1 2/3||28||6||4||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.659|
|Sikorski, Brian, S||1||23||5||5||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.296|
Hitting (LOB: 8, DPs in: 2nd)
|(2B)||Tanaka, Kensuke||1-for-5||1: G1, 3: G6, 6: 1B, 7: G3, 9: G3|
|(LF)||Morimoto, Hichori||2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI||1: G5, 3: SO, 6: G6, 7: 1B, 9: 1B|
|(RF-1B)||Inaba, Atsunori||3-for-5, 1 R||1: SO, 4: L6, 6: 1B, 7: 1B, 9: 1B|
|(3B)||Koyano, Eiichi||1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI||2: 1B, 4: L5, 6: HBP, 7: S8, 9: F9|
|(CF)||Itoi, Yoshio||1-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI||2: F7, 4: G3, 6: 3B, 7: G6, 9: G6|
|(1B)||Takahashi, Shinji||1-for-1||2: 1B|
|RF||Yang, Dai-Kang||1-for-3, 1 RBI||5: SO, 6: 2B, 8: SO|
|(DH)||Nakata, Sho||0-for-2||2: BB, 5: G6, 6: G5, 8: BB|
|(C)||Tsuruoka, Shinya||1-for-4||2: DP, 5: 1B, 6: G6, 8: G1|
|(SS)||Kaneko, Makoto||1-for-4, 1 R||3: G5, 5: G6, 7: 1B, 8: SO|
|Yagi, Tomoya||2 1/3||54||15||13||7||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||6||6||7.054|
|Sakakibara, Ryo||2 2/3||50||12||12||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.019|
|Kato, Takeharu||1 1/3||21||5||4||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.755|
|Kikuchi, Kazumasa, L||2||40||11||8||2||0||3||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||1.929|
Top of the 2nd - 2 runs, 2 hits
Yagi on the mound for Nippon Ham
Brown flies out to third. Takayama strikes out swinging. Sato hits a single to center. Hosokawa hits a 2-run homer. Kataoka grounds out to second.
Top of the 3rd - 4 runs, 6 hits
Yagi on the mound for Nippon Ham
Hirao hits a single to left. Kuriyama hits a double to left, runners on second and third.
Defense: Yang (Yoh) takes over in right; Inaba moves from right to first.
Nakajima clears the bases with a 2-run triple to center, runner on third. Fernandez hits a sac fly to right. Brown hits a solo homer.
Pitching change: Sakakibara in for Yagi
Takayama grounds out to third. Sato hits a single to left. Hosokawa hits a single to right, runners on first and second. Kataoka flies out to center.
Bottom of the 6th - 4 runs, 4 hits
Hoashi on the mound for Seibu
Tanaka hits a single to left. Morimoto grounds out to short. Inaba hits a single to right, runners on first and second. Koyano gets hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Itoi clears the bases with a 3-run triple to center, runner on third. Yang (Yoh) hits an RBI double to left, runner on second.
Pitching change: A. Okamoto in for Hoashi.
Nakata grounds out to third, runner on third. Tsuruoka grounds out to short.
Bottom of the 7th - 2 runs, 3 hits
A. Okamoto on the mound for Seibu
M. Kaneko hits a single to left.
Pitching change: Kudo in for A. Okamoto.
Tanaka grounds out to first, runner on second. Morimoto hits an RBI single to center, runner on first. Inaba hits a single to center, runners on first and third.
Pitching change: Osada in for Kudo.
Koyano hits a sac fly to center, runner on first. Itoi grounds out to short.
Top of the 9th - 1 run, 1 hit
Kikuchi on the mound for Nippon Ham
Nakajima reaches on a throwing error (E6), runner on first. Fernandez walks, runners on first and second. Brown strikes out swinging. Takayama flies out to left. Sato hits an RBI double to left, runner on second. Uemoto, pinch-hitting for Hosokawa, strikes out swinging.
Top of the 1st
Kataoka fouls out to the catcher. Hirao hits an infield single. Kuriyama flies out to left. Nakajima walks, runners on first and second. Fernandez grounds out to second.
Bottom of the 2nd
Koyano hits a single to center. Itoi flies out to left. Takahashi hits a single to left, runners on first and second. Nakata walks to load the bases. Tsuruoka hits into a double play.
Top of the 8th
Sato hits a single to right and advances to second on a sac bunt by Hosokawa. Kataoka strikes out swinging. Y. Ishii, pinch-hitting for Hirao, walks, runners on first and second. Kuriyama grounds out to first.
Bottom of the 9th
Tanaka grounds out to first. Morimoto hits a single to center. Inaba hits a single to center, runners on first and second. Konta enters the game as a pinch-runner for Inaba, Koyano flies out to right. Itoi grounds out to short.
The series ended in a 1-1 tie.
The Lions are 2-3 over their last 5 games and are now 55-44-0 (2nd place). ... The Fighters are 1-4 over their last 5 games and are now 47-49-2 (5th place). The Fighters have not won a series since taking 2 of 3 from the Buffaloes between 7/9 and 7/11. That's a span of 5 series.
Osada (SEI) won the game in relief and improved to 3-1. Sikorski saved his 25th game of the year. ... Kikuchi (HAM) took the loss and is 0-1 in four relief appearances so far this year.
Hoashi (SEI) became the 320th player in NPB history to pitch in 1,000 innings. And prior to giving up 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th, Hoashi had held the Fighters scoreless over 30 innings of work (from the start of the season).
Takahashi (HAM) was taken out of the game on defense partway through the 3rd inning because he wasn't feeling.
Keiichiro Nagashima (speed skater) threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
SEI: Hosokawa (7), Brown (19)